Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove

By Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Ben Greenman

"You need to consider that [Questlove] is likely one of the smartest motherf*****s on this planet. His musical wisdom, for all sensible reasons, is limitless." --Robert Christgau

MO' META BLUES
The international in response to Questlove

Mo' Meta Blues is a punch-drunk memoir within which Everyone's favourite Questlove tells his personal tale whereas tackling a number of the lates, the greats, the fakes, the philosophers, the heavyweights, and the genuine originals of the tune international. He digs deep into the album cuts of his lifestyles and reveals a few pivotal moments in black paintings, hip hop, and dad culture.

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson is many stuff: virtuoso drummer, manufacturer, arranger, Late evening with Jimmy Fallon bandleader, DJ, composer, and tireless Tweeter. he's one in all our such a lot ubiquitous cultural tastemakers, and during this, his first ebook, he finds his personal formative experiences--from starting to be up in Nineteen Seventies West Philly because the son of a Fifties doo-wop singer, to discovering his personal means throughout the track global and finally co-founding and emerging up with the Roots, a.k.a., the final hip hop band on the earth. Mo' Meta Blues also has a few (many) random (or now not) musings in regards to the nation of hip hop, the nation of track feedback, the nation of statements, in addition to a plethora of run-ins with celebrities, idols, and fellow artists, from Stevie ask yourself to KISS to D'Angelo to Jay-Z to Dave Chappelle to...you ever obvious Prince roller-skate?!?

But Mo' Meta Blues isn't only a memoir. it is a discussion in regards to the nature of reminiscence and the assumption of a post-modern black guy saddled with a few post-modern blues. it is a ebook that questions what a booklet like Mo' Meta Blues really is. it is the facet wind of a unique mind.

It's a unprecedented reward that provides in addition to takes.

It's a checklist that retains going round and round.

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